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Even the nattiest dresser may hesitate before making a decision about what to wear to his wedding. Afterall, it’s not every day that a guy walks down the aisle next to his sweetheart. To make the choice easier for all gents, we got in touch with some of the most stylish men in the retail biz, including Josh Peskowitz from Bloomingdale’s, Jonathan Evans from East Dane, Dan Rookwood from Mr Porter, and Jorge Valls from Nordstrom. Here, their top three picks and why. Plus, their getting-hitched tips for sartorial success.
Meet the expert: Josh Peskowitz, Bloomingdale’s Men’s Fashion Director
His advice for the groom: “The most important thing to remember on the big day is that it’s not about you; it’s about your bride. Know and listen to what she likes to see you in, but understand that all eyes will be on her.”
His top styling tip: “Your suit should be classic, and impeccably tailored. Make sure the pants are properly hemmed, the jacket is appropriately tailored, and the sleeves are the right length—and a bow tie is the way to go!”
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Josh’s Formal Pick
“Navy is the most modern color for a tuxedo right now, and this three-piece is really something special.”
Burberry London Three-Piece Tuxedo – Regular Fit, $2,595; bloomingdales.com.
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Josh’s Casual Pick
“This Canali suit is the Taormina fit, which is softer in the shoulder and slimmer through the body. The peak lapel still makes it feel dressy, but the material is much more casual.”
Canali Taormina Broken Stripe Suit – Classic Fit, $1,995; bloomingdales.com.
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Josh’s Modern Pick
“This suit is an aubergine color—the color for fall. It’s got a little shine, and a lot of attitude.”
Burberry London Stirling Sport Coat and Millbank Trousers in Claret, $1,095; bloomingdales.com.
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Meet the expert: Dan Rookwood, Mr Porter’s U.S. Editor
His advice for the groom: “What you’re after is an outfit that will not date horribly in the wedding photos on your mantelpiece. Stick to traditional tailoring, a white shirt, and polishable shoes with a rounded toe. Avoid anything overtly trendy, such as skinny ties or outlandish colors. And consider how your hairstyle or facial hair might look to your future grandchildren. There’s a lot to be said for the timelessness of a clean shave and a neatly groomed short back and sides.”
His top styling tip: “Whatever shirt you choose, consider buying two exactly the same so you have a fresh change for the reception. Launder them beforehand so they are comfortable to wear on the day rather than starched straight out of the packaging.”
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Dan’s Formal Choice
“For a formal wedding, the tuxedo is a reliable classic that has defined style icons across the decades, from Humphrey Bogart to Frank Sinatra to George Clooney. It will never look wrong—except perhaps on the beach in St Barts!”
Dolce & Gabbana Black Three-Piece Wool-Blend Tuxedo, $3,675; mrporter.com.
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Dan’s Casual Choice
“The safest option: navy blue never goes out of fashion. It suits all skin tones and hair colors, and won’t clash with whatever the bridesmaids are wearing.”
Gucci Navy Brera Slim-Fit Wool Suit, $1,900; mrporter.com.
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Dan’s Destination Wedding Choice
“If you’re getting married somewhere hot, you’ll want a suit lighter in cloth and color so that you don’t perspire. But be wary of 100 percent linen, which will 100 percent crease and wrinkle. This suit is a linen-blend, which is more reliable marriage material.”
J.Crew Prince of Wales Check Wool and Linen-Blend Suit Jacket, $425; mrporter.com.
J.Crew Prince of Wales Check Wool and Linen-Blend Suit Trousers, $225; mrporter.com.
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Meet the expert: Jonathan Evans, East Dane’s Fashion Director
His advice for the groom: “Don’t go for gimmicks: Choose something simple and refined. And always avoid those shiny satin vests that match the bridesmaids’ dresses!”
His top styling tip: “Make sure it fits, and then get it tailored. The last thing you want is to look back at your wedding photos and realize that you look like a kid in his dad’s suit.”
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Jonathan’s Formal Pick
“You honestly can’t go wrong with a classic, two-button suit in navy. It’s about as close to timeless as you’re going to get. Plus, it looks good on every guy.”
Mr. Start Stretch Wool Cheshire Suit, $1,133; eastdane.com.
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Jonathan’s Casual Pick
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Jonathan’s Modern Pick
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Meet the expert: Jorge Valls, Nordstrom’s Men’s Fashion Director
His advice for the groom: “You have to be comfortable in what you wear at your wedding, so don’t rush picking the right suit. Spend some time looking at different options and make sure it’s something you want to be remembered in. Your wedding pictures will represent you for the rest of your life.”
His top styling tip: “With suiting, it’s all about fit. Find a great tailor and make him your best friend. A great suit poorly tailored won’t do you justice.”
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Jorge’s Formal Choice
“For a formal wedding, the only choice is a tuxedo. The Boss Black option is modern and stylish and will flatter almost every guy’s build.”
Boss Hugo Boss The Stars 75/Glamour 3 Super 100’s Wool Tuxedo, $895; nordstrom.com.
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Jorge’s Casual Choice
“The Todd Snyder White Label plaid suit is great for a more casual affair. Styling the suit with a chambray dress shirt and a knit tie gives the look an unexpected twist that is current and cool.”
Todd Snyder Trim Fit Plaid Suit, $795; nordstrom.com.
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Jorge’s Destination Wedding Choice
“The fashion-forward guy is willing to take some chances with his attire. This Neil Barrett slim suit, worn buttoned up but without a tie, makes a strong statement.”
Neil Barrett Black Textured Suit, $1,605; nordstrom.com.